Kitchen wants public hearings on medical assistance cuts

    Here’s something to look out for in 2010: Pa. Sen. Shirley Kitchen is calling for public hearings on the state Department of Welfare’s medical assistance cuts.

    “We are in the worst economic times of our lifetime, and instead of strengthening our resources for the vulnerable, DPW seems to be kicking them to the curb,” the Democrat said in a release. She cites a Dec. 15 Inquirer article that says 150,000 people have been cut from assistance programs to help the state save money.

    Kitchen, chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, said, “It is the committee’s responsibility to ensure that citizens are receiving access to the assistance they deserve, and this news demands a closer look by the committee.”


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    The DPW made $470 million in state-mandated cuts as part of the 2011-12 budget.

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